<![CDATA[MMA RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Myles Jury vs. Mike De La Torre UFC 210 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 4/8/17]]> http://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2017/04/08/myles-jury-vs-mike-de-la-torre-ufc-210-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Myles Jury and Mike De La Torre fight Saturday night during UFC 210 at the KeyBank Center.

Myles Jury enters this fight with a 15-2 record and has won 53 percent of his fights by knockout. Jury has split his last four fights and is coming off a 2015 loss to Charles Oliveira. Jury is averaging 2.29 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 35.8 percent. Jury is averaging 2.61 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 52 percent. Jury will fight for the first time in 16 months, and we haven’t seen him a fight since his 2014 bout…

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Myles Jury and Mike De La Torre fight Saturday night during UFC 210 at the KeyBank Center.

Myles Jury enters this fight with a 15-2 record and has won 53 percent of his fights by knockout. Jury has split his last four fights and is coming off a 2015 loss to Charles Oliveira. Jury is averaging 2.29 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 35.8 percent. Jury is averaging 2.61 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 52 percent. Jury will fight for the first time in 16 months, and we haven’t seen him a fight since his 2014 bout against Takanori Gomi. Needless to say, this is a big fight for the 28-year-old Jury, who can’t afford to lose his third fight in a row. As for his fighting skills, Jury is a quality takedown artist with knockout striking power. Jury has finished seven of his last 10 fights. This will be Jury’s first fight in New York.

Mike De La Torre enters this fight with a 14-6 record and has won 50 percent of his fights by knockout. De La Torre has split his last six fights and is coming off a September loss to Godofredo Pepey. De La Torre is averaging 3.5 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 39.5 percent. De La Torre is averaging 0.4 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 16.6 percent. De La Torre has been a mixed bag ever since entering the UFC and could also use a victory here after losing two of his last three fights. De La Torre is a balanced fighter who has knockout power, but he also has six submission victories under his belt as well. However, De La Torre is far less polished on the canvas than he is standing up, which is a concern. This will be De La Torre’s first fight in New York.

This is a decent fight leading up to the PPV card, as both guys have a knack for finishing fights and they both need a victory here to show they deserve to receive future cards. With that said, Jury is the better fighter and has had a ton of time to clear his mind and train for this matchup. De La Torre has been way too inconsistent since joining the UFC and has been prone to submission losses throughout his MMA career overall.

This is a fight Jury can’t lose and really shouldn’t based on De La Torre’s performances recently.

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Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:09:59 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81452
<![CDATA[Will Brooks vs. Charles Oliveira UFC 210 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 4/8/17]]> http://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2017/04/08/will-brooks-vs-charles-oliveira-ufc-210-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Will Brooks and Charles Oliveira fight Saturday night during UFC 210 at the KeyBank Center.

Will Brooks enters this fight with a 18-2 record and has won 50 percent of his fights by decision. Brooks has won five of his last six fights and is coming off an October loss to Alex Oliveira. Brooks is averaging 4.15 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 58.5 percent. Brooks is averaging 1.98 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 51.8 percent. Brooks is coming off his second career knockout loss and hopes he can redeem himself…

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Will Brooks and Charles Oliveira fight Saturday night during UFC 210 at the KeyBank Center.

Will Brooks enters this fight with a 18-2 record and has won 50 percent of his fights by decision. Brooks has won five of his last six fights and is coming off an October loss to Alex Oliveira. Brooks is averaging 4.15 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 58.5 percent. Brooks is averaging 1.98 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 51.8 percent. Brooks is coming off his second career knockout loss and hopes he can redeem himself again. The last time Brooks lost a fight, he produced nine straight victories. Brooks doesn’t need much of an introduction, as he's a former Bellator Lightweight champion and an extremely accurate striker with the ability to takedown at a high percentage. This will be Brooks’ first fight in New York.

Charles Oliveira enters this fight with a 21-7 record and has won 62 percent of his fights by submission. Oliveira has lost three of his last four fights and is coming off a November loss to Ricardo Lamas. Oliveira is averaging 3.17 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 50.1 percent. Oliveira is averaging 2.66 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 37.9 percent. Oliveira is kind of in must-win mode after suffering back-to-back submission losses and producing just five wins in his last 10 fights overall. The good news is that Oliveira is still one of the better finishers in the lightweight division with only two of his 21 victories ending in decision. If Oliveira can get his opponent on the canvas, he’ll usually always have the advantage and is a threat to end it at any moment. This will be Oliveira’s first fight in New York.

Not only is it tough to back Oliveira given his current form, but he also admitted that he’s expecting the birth of his first child the same day of this fight. That can’t be a fighter who is 100 percent focused on the man he’ll be in the cage with. Brooks has been nothing but solid his whole career and did a fine job of bouncing back from his only other loss. Brooks has the advantage in the striking department and is polished enough to grapple and wrestle with Oliveira when needed.

Give me the more consistent and reliable fighter in Brooks.

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Mon, 20 Mar 2017 02:31:47 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81137
<![CDATA[Cynthia Calvillo vs. Pearl Gonzalez UFC 210 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 4/8/17]]> http://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2017/04/08/cynthia-calvillo-vs-pearl-gonzalez-ufc-210-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Cynthia Calvillo and Pearl Gonzalez fight Saturday night during UFC 210 at the KeyBank Center.

Cynthia Calvillo enters this fight with a 4-0 record and has won 50 percent of her fights by knockout. This will be Calvillo’s third fight this year and is coming off a March win over Amanda Cooper. Calvillo is averaging 3.92 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 50 percent. Calvillo is averaging 4.52 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 100 percent. Calvillo looked extremely sharp in her UFC debut by forcing a first round submission…

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Cynthia Calvillo and Pearl Gonzalez fight Saturday night during UFC 210 at the KeyBank Center.

Cynthia Calvillo enters this fight with a 4-0 record and has won 50 percent of her fights by knockout. This will be Calvillo’s third fight this year and is coming off a March win over Amanda Cooper. Calvillo is averaging 3.92 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 50 percent. Calvillo is averaging 4.52 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 100 percent. Calvillo looked extremely sharp in her UFC debut by forcing a first round submission and is wasting no time by jumping into her fifth fight since August. It’s certainly a risky workload for the 29-year-old Calvillo, but if she can pull it off, she’ll become a household name before you know it. Calvillo is a balanced fighter with knockout power but has also shown she’s comfortable on the canvas and has the ability to finish fights. This will be Calvillo’s first fight in New York.

Pearl Gonzalez enters this fight with a 6-1 record and has won 67 percent of her fights by submission. Gonzalez has won her last six fights and is coming off a April win over Katie Klimansky-Casimir. Gonzalez gets her shot to show and prove in her UFC debut and will be coming into this fight confident given her hot winning streak. Gonzalez’s only loss was to Munah Holland back in 2012, and she did beat Cortney Casey before she made the jump to UFC herself. Gonzalez stands in at 5’4”, is 30 years old and is from the streets of Chicago. Gonzalez has a boxing background and does have a knockout victory, but she’s really polished with her grappling and has shown she’s very effective at finishing fights once she gets you on the canvas. This will be Gonzalez’s first fight in New York.

This should be a fun fight between an intriguing up-and-comer in Gonzalez who already has a marquee victory under her belt and a workhorse in Calvillo who has shown she can beat you in a variety of ways. Gonzalez has a legit chance here considering she’s not new to stiff competition, just to UFC. However, Calvillo is more polished right now and is in such good form she’s hard to bet against. We’re talking about a fighter who is fighting for the third time this year alone.

Close fight, but I can’t pick against Calvillo and her impressive run.

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Mon, 20 Mar 2017 02:11:23 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81134
<![CDATA[Thiago Alves vs. Patrick Cote UFC 210 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 4/8/17]]> http://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2017/04/08/thiago-alves-vs-patrick-cote-ufc-210-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Thiago Alves and Patrick Cote fight Saturday night during UFC 210 at the KeyBank Center.

Thiago Alves enters this fight with a 26-12 record and has won 50 percent of his fights by knockout. Alves has split his last eight fights and is coming off a November loss to Jim Miller. Alves is averaging 3.49 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 41.2 percent. Alves is averaging 0.73 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 64.7 percent. Alves has been a mixed bag the last several years and has lost his last two fights, with his last…

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Thiago Alves and Patrick Cote fight Saturday night during UFC 210 at the KeyBank Center.

Thiago Alves enters this fight with a 26-12 record and has won 50 percent of his fights by knockout. Alves has split his last eight fights and is coming off a November loss to Jim Miller. Alves is averaging 3.49 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 41.2 percent. Alves is averaging 0.73 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 64.7 percent. Alves has been a mixed bag the last several years and has lost his last two fights, with his last victory coming more than two years ago. Alves hopes a return to welterweight after a failed experiment at lightweight and would like to avoid a third straight loss for the first time in his career. Alves is still a powerful striker who can finish fights when given the chance, as seven of his last 10 wins have come by stoppage. This will be Alves’ second fight in New York.

Patrick Cote enters this fight with a 24-10 record and has won 42 percent of his fights by knockout. Cote has won six of his last eight fights and is coming off a June loss to Donald Cerrone. Cote is averaging 2.8 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 49.8 percent. Cote is averaging 0.72 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 21.1 percent. Cote has enjoyed one of his more consistent UFC stretches, but he is coming off a knockout loss and hopes to avoid back-to-back losses for the first time since 2010. Cote is one of the stronger and more accurate strikers in the welterweight division and has won five of his last eight fights by stoppage. There’s not too many fighters who will have the advantage over Cote when the fight is standing up. This will be Cote’s second fight in New York.

This should be a fun, even fight between two guys with knockout power and neither great with takedowns. I just find it tough to back Alves, as he’s been very inconsistent with his results and it’s been awhile since he’s looked good in a fight. Cote is the more accurate striker and you have to give him the edge in most fights where he’s able to fight his style.

I’ll side with The Predator to win this matchup.

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Wed, 15 Mar 2017 14:14:07 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=80741
<![CDATA[Chris Weidman vs. Gegard Mousasi UFC 210 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 4/8/17]]> http://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2017/04/08/chris-weidman-vs-gegard-mousasi-ufc-210-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Chris Weidman and Gegard Mousasi fight Saturday night during UFC 210 at the KeyBank Center.

Chris Weidman enters this fight with a 13-2 record and has won 46 percent of his fights by knockout. Weidman has lost his last two fights and is coming off a November loss to Yoel Romero. Weidman is averaging 3.09 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 44.2 percent. Weidman is averaging 3.33 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 49 percent. Weidman needs to redeem himself here after getting knocked out in back-to-back fights and…

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Chris Weidman and Gegard Mousasi fight Saturday night during UFC 210 at the KeyBank Center.

Chris Weidman enters this fight with a 13-2 record and has won 46 percent of his fights by knockout. Weidman has lost his last two fights and is coming off a November loss to Yoel Romero. Weidman is averaging 3.09 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 44.2 percent. Weidman is averaging 3.33 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 49 percent. Weidman needs to redeem himself here after getting knocked out in back-to-back fights and not winning since his 2015 fight against Vitor Belfort. This is unknown territory for The All-American, who was just 13-0 and one of the best wrestlers and grapplers in his division. Weidman is still a very polished fighter, but he’ll lose serious steam if he drops a third straight fight. This will be Weidman’s second fight in New York, his birthplace.

Gegard Mousasi enters this fight with a 41-6-2 record and has won 59 percent of his fights by knockout. Mousasi has won his last four fights and is coming off a November win over Uriah Hall. Mousasi is averaging 3.68 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 50.6 percent. Mousasi is averaging 1.64 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 61.7 percent. Mousasi is experiencing his most consistent stretch of his UFC career with wins in six of his last seven fights and has produced knockouts in his last three matches. Mousasi is an accurate, powerful striker who likes to pressure his opponent and dictate the pace of the fight. Mousasi will have the advantage standing up in this fight. This will be Mousasi’s first fight in New York.

Weidman is the more talented fighter between the two and will be hungry for a victory to not only snap his losing streak but also make his home of New York happy with the results. The concern is Weidman has been knocked out the last two times we’ve seen him, and Mousasi has the powerful strikes to add to his misery. This fight can go either way. I’m going to give Weidman the slight edge due to his advantage on the canvas. If Weidman can be effective with his takedowns, he should grind out a win and possibly even force a submission.

This may be a fight you just want to kick back and enjoy. If you feel the need to bet it, however, I’d side with Weidman and the even money.

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Wed, 15 Mar 2017 03:23:34 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=80732
<![CDATA[Daniel Cormier vs. Anthony Johnson UFC 210 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 4/8/17]]> http://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2017/04/08/daniel-cormier-vs-anthony-johnson-ufc-210-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson fight Saturday night during UFC 210 at the KeyBank Center.

Daniel Cormier enters this fight with a 18-1 record and has won 44 percent of his fights by knockout. Cormier has won five of his last six fights and is coming off a July win over Anderson Silva. Cormier is averaging 3.77 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 48.7 percent. Cormier is averaging 1.93 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 42.6 percent. Cormier has been very sharp with three straight wins since his loss to Jon Jones,…

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Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson fight Saturday night during UFC 210 at the KeyBank Center.

Daniel Cormier enters this fight with a 18-1 record and has won 44 percent of his fights by knockout. Cormier has won five of his last six fights and is coming off a July win over Anderson Silva. Cormier is averaging 3.77 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 48.7 percent. Cormier is averaging 1.93 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 42.6 percent. Cormier has been very sharp with three straight wins since his loss to Jon Jones, and he will be defending his UFC Light Heavyweight Championship for the second time. Even at 38 years old, Cormier remains one of the more balanced fighters in the sport thanks to a strong wrestling background and an accurate striking attack that's produced six knockout victories in his career. This will be Cormier’s first MMA fight in New York.

Anthony Johnson enters this fight with a 22-5 record and has won 73 percent of his fights by knockout. Johnson has won five of his last six fights and is coming off a August win over Glover Teixeira. Johnson is averaging 3.3 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 46.9 percent. Johnson is averaging 2.48 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 60 percent. Johnson gets another shot at the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship and heads into this fight in great form considering he’s earned three straight performance of the night honors. Johnson needs no introduction as a fighter, as he’s one of the more powerful strikers in the sport and has produced knockouts in each of his last five victories. This will be Johnson’s first MMA fight in New York.

In the previous fight between these two, Cormier was knocked down with a power shot by Johnson but eventually won by submission. Johnson is vulnerable on the canvas with four of his five losses coming by submission, so there’s good reason to pick Cormier in this fight due to his wrestling ability. However, I like Rumble to give the victory this time around due to his six-inch reach advantage and what we’ve seen him do in his last three fights. Johnson looks super focused and has wasted no time putting his opponents away since losing to Cormier back in 2015.

I like Johnson to take the belt in this fight.

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Tue, 14 Mar 2017 15:51:32 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=80672
<![CDATA[Alistair Overeem vs. Mark Hunt UFC 209 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 3/4/17]]> http://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2017/03/04/alistair-overeem-vs-mark-hunt-ufc-209-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Alistair Overeem and Mark Hunt fight Saturday night during UFC 209 at the T-Mobile Arena.

Alistair Overeem enters this fight with a 41-15 record and has won 49 percent of his fights by knockout. Overeem has won five of his last seven fights and is coming off a September loss to Stipe Miocic. Overeem is averaging 3.78 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 60 percent. Overeem is averaging 1.62 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 65.8 percent. Overeem has had some time to rebound from his loss in the…

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Alistair Overeem and Mark Hunt fight Saturday night during UFC 209 at the T-Mobile Arena.

Alistair Overeem enters this fight with a 41-15 record and has won 49 percent of his fights by knockout. Overeem has won five of his last seven fights and is coming off a September loss to Stipe Miocic. Overeem is averaging 3.78 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 60 percent. Overeem is averaging 1.62 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 65.8 percent. Overeem has had some time to rebound from his loss in the UFC Heavyweight Championship and hopes to avoid back-to-back losses for the second time since 2013. Overeem is a well rounded fighter who has obvious knockout power, but he has the advantage against most heavyweights due to his superb grappling ability. The downside with Overeem is that he does have a weak chin with his last seven losses ending in knockout. This will be Overeem’s fourth fight in Las Vegas.

Mark Hunt enters this fight with a 12-11-1 record and has won 75 percent of his fights by knockout. Hunt has split his last six fights and is coming off a July no contest against Brock Lesnar. Hunt is averaging 3.08 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 44 percent. Hunt is averaging 0.65 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 55.5 percent. Hunt enters this fight with some baggage after filing a civil lawsuit against the UFC due to Lesnar’s failed drug test in UFC 200. I’m not sure if that impacts Hunt’s focus or preparation for this fight but it is worth mentioning. As for his fighting ability, Hunt is still the one punch knockout machine even at 42 years old, as he needs just one clean shot to beat anybody on the planet. This will be Hunt’s third fight in Las Vegas.

This will be a hard hitting fight between two guys who can produce knockouts but are also prone to being knocked out. One of these fighters is likely to fall, it’s just a matter of time. It’s also a nice rematch from their 2008 meeting in which Hunt was submitted. These fighters are a lot older than they were back then and mainly rely on their striking at this point of their careers. For me, it’s hard to pick against Hunt simply because he just needs one shot and he’s always looking for it. Hunt needs one opening to check your chin and it’s all over. Hunt has also been knocked out just four times in his career, while Overeem has been knocked out four times since 2013.

I’ll side with Hunt in this fight.

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Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:41:21 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=77444
<![CDATA[Lando Vannata vs. David Teymur UFC 209 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 3/4/17]]> http://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2017/03/04/lando-vannata-vs-david-teymur-ufc-209-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Lando Vannata and David Teymur fight Saturday night during UFC 209 at the T-Mobile Arena.

Lando Vannata enters this fight with a 9-1 record and has won 44 percent of his fights by knockout. Vannata has won five of his last six fights and is coming off a December win over John Makdessi. Vannata is averaging 5.54 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 35.2 percent. Vannata is averaging zero significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of zero percent. Vannata is fresh off the most impressive win of his career in…

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Lando Vannata and David Teymur fight Saturday night during UFC 209 at the T-Mobile Arena.

Lando Vannata enters this fight with a 9-1 record and has won 44 percent of his fights by knockout. Vannata has won five of his last six fights and is coming off a December win over John Makdessi. Vannata is averaging 5.54 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 35.2 percent. Vannata is averaging zero significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of zero percent. Vannata is fresh off the most impressive win of his career in which he produced a first round knockout and earned performance of the night while getting his first UFC victory. Vannata has won his last three fights by knockout and has finished his last six opponents overall. The only fight Vannata has won by decision was his 2013 win over J.P. Reese. This will be Vannata’s first fight in Las Vegas.

David Teymur enters this fight with a 5-1 record and has won 80 percent of his fights by knockout. Teymur has won his last five fights and is coming off a August win over Jason Novelli. Teymur is averaging 4.98 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 52 percent. Teymur is averaging 1.17 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 50 percent. Teymur has produced four straight knockout wins and hasn’t seen a fight make the third round since his 2014 battle with Veselin Dukov. Teymur’s only loss was his pro debut in 2013 against Mattias Rosenlind. Teymur is an accurate striker with devastating power, but this will be the biggest test of his career to this point. This will be Teymur’s first fight in Las Vegas.

This should end up being an old-fashioned scrap where both guys want to fight standing up while trading strikes until somebody falls. Vannata would have the advantage on the canvas, but he’s not great with his takedowns and has quickly become a knockout machine. I’m going to give the edge to Teymur in this fight simply because he’s the more accurate striker and has a to-inch reach advantage on Vannata.

I’ll side with Teymur in this toss-up.

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Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:07:06 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=77441
<![CDATA[Rashad Evans vs. Dan Kelly UFC 209 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 3/4/17]]> http://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2017/03/04/rashad-evans-vs-dan-kelly-ufc-209-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Rashad Evans and Dan Kelly fight Saturday night during UFC 209 at the T-Mobile Arena.

Rashad Evans enters this fight with a 24-5-1 record and has won 42 percent of his fights by decision. Evans has split his last eight fights and is coming off a April loss to Glover Teixeira. Evans is averaging 2.12 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 37.7 percent. Evans is averaging 3.15 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 46.8 percent. Evans is coming off a rough first round knockout loss and hasn’t won a fight…

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Rashad Evans and Dan Kelly fight Saturday night during UFC 209 at the T-Mobile Arena.

Rashad Evans enters this fight with a 24-5-1 record and has won 42 percent of his fights by decision. Evans has split his last eight fights and is coming off a April loss to Glover Teixeira. Evans is averaging 2.12 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 37.7 percent. Evans is averaging 3.15 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 46.8 percent. Evans is coming off a rough first round knockout loss and hasn’t won a fight since his 2013 match against Chael Sonnen. It’s only fair to question how much Evans has left in the tank as he’ll be 38 years old in September and injuries haven’t helped. However, we know what Evans is capable of when healthy and in good form, so he can’t be overlooked in this fight. This will be Evans’ 10th fight in Las Vegas.

Dan Kelly enters this fight with a 12-1 record and has won 42 percent of his fights by submission. Kelly has won five of his last six fights and is coming off a November win over Chris Camozzi. Kelly is averaging 3.67 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 40.7 percent. Kelly is averaging 2.42 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 50 percent. Kelly has bounced back from his 2015 loss to Sam Alvey with three straight victories and proving he’s still got something left at 39 years old. Kelly is a great grappler and successful with his takedowns, and he has more than enough cardio to outlast most of his opponents. Three of Kelly’s last four victories have come by decision. This will be Kelly’s first fight in Las Vegas.

Good luck picking this fight between two fighters who aren’t getting any younger and can be shaky at times. The biggest question mark in this fight is Evans, who hasn’t looked good in quite time and was just knocked out the last time we saw him. Sure, Kelly is older, but he’s been the more consistent fighter as of late and has the grappling and ability to ware down Evans. I have less confidence in Evans at this stage of his career than I do Kelly.

So, in a fight that can go either way, I’ll side with Kelly for the victory.

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Tue, 21 Feb 2017 04:15:15 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=77435
<![CDATA[Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson UFC 209 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 3/4/17]]> http://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2017/03/04/khabib-nurmagomedov-vs-tony-ferguson-ufc-209-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson fight Saturday night during UFC 209 at the T-Mobile Arena.

Khabib Nurmagomedov enters this fight with a 24-0 record and has won 33 percent of his fights by knockout. This will be Nurmagomedov’s third fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a November win over Michael Johnson. Nurmagomedov is averaging 3.82 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 50.3 percent. Nurmagomedov is averaging 6.14 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 48.1 percent. Nurmagomedov continues to…

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Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson fight Saturday night during UFC 209 at the T-Mobile Arena.

Khabib Nurmagomedov enters this fight with a 24-0 record and has won 33 percent of his fights by knockout. This will be Nurmagomedov’s third fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a November win over Michael Johnson. Nurmagomedov is averaging 3.82 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 50.3 percent. Nurmagomedov is averaging 6.14 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 48.1 percent. Nurmagomedov continues to impress and climb up the rankings at 28 years old, and he has finished 10 of his last 14 fights. Nurmagomedov is an accurate striker with great takedown ability and he’s arguably the best grappler in the sport currently. This will be Nurmagomedov’s third fight in Las Vegas.

Tony Ferguson enters this fight with a 23-3 record and has won 48 percent of his fights by knockout. Ferguson has won his last nine fights and is coming off a November win over Rafael dos Anjos. Ferguson is averaging 5.23 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 42.3 percent. Ferguson is averaging 0.71 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 42.8 percent. Ferguson hasn’t lost a fight since his 2012 meeting against Michael Johnson and has earned fight or performance of the night honors in his last five fights. Ferguson is usually the aggressor in his fights with a pressure style that usually overwhelms his opponent. Ferguson has finished six of his last nine victories that include five submissions. This will be Ferguson’s sixth fight in Las Vegas.

This is a tough fight to pick considering both fighters are on impressive winning streaks and have the ability to finish either by knockout or submission. You could make a case for either side and both guys will be hungry for a victory with the winner next in line to face Conor McGregor. However, if forced to pick, you have to give the edge to Nurmagomedov considering he’s never lost and will have the advantage if this fight goes to the canvas. Ferguson has been worn down in the past and does have a submission loss under his belt.

Great fight that could go either way, but Nurmagomedov should have the edge.

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Tue, 21 Feb 2017 03:22:43 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=77432